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The architecture of loss: how to redesign after a school shooting

Good architects strive to balance design and function while listening closely to a client’s emotional needs for the space. But rebuilding a school after a shooting presents a unique kaleidoscope of intense feelings. Architects must create an environment that not only promotes learning, but also helps the students — and their towns — heal from tragedy.

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Are NOLA schools failing students with disabilities?

In New Orleans, schools have long struggled to provide for students with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. Even before Hurricane Katrina, many parents had to fight for extra help. But many say things have only gotten harder since the city's public school district shifted almost entirely to charter schools.

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LAUSD requiring ethnic studies for graduation

More than 90 languages are spoken in district schools, including Spanish, Korean, Armenian and Cantonese. L.A. Unified hopes to increase cultural awareness by requiring an ethnic studies course to graduate.

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Race matters in school discipline and incarceration

Gender and race inequity exist in school discipline policies. Acknowledging that fact is not an avenue to ignoring bad behavior, but the first step toward seeking ways in which all students succeed in school and then in life.

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A case for paying teachers like tech workers

Our schools are stuck in the old mode of paying modest salaries for modest results from teachers. It’s time to experiment with the high wage and high productivity model for teachers. Let’s open some schools where teachers earn $125,000 a year.

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Why bilingual education should be mandatory

This generation of K12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. While foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation — second language classes at an earlier age would improve overall fluency for most students.

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Calif. students in high-poverty schools lose learning time, study says

California high schools with high-poverty students lose nearly two weeks of learning time annually because of teacher absences, testing, emergency lockdowns and other disruptions compared with their more affluent peers in other schools, according to a new UCLA study.

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Should N.C. consolidate its small school districts?

It is possible that the state's small school districts are very efficient, and can make the case that there are no great savings to be had with consolidation. But the state pays around 60 percent of K12 costs in North Carolina. In exchange for that, the legislature has a right to ask hard questions about consolidation.

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Common Core really is all about the tests (and corporate profits)

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage in No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

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Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades, study says

Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study on the "Tools for the Mind" technique.

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